ghc image size
17 Dec 2001 20:34:27 -0500
Mike Gunter <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Why is executable size a barrier? 1.64 megabytes (that's the size of
> the executable I built with GHC most recently) of disk space costs less
> than half a cent.
I don't like this argument. Can I go to a computer store, pay a cent,
and get a hard disk with space 1.64 megabytes or more? Until then, I
can't believe that 1.64 megabytes of disk space costs less than half a
When a compiler does not perform as good as other compilers (e.g., in
terms of generated code size), it is important to ask: Why does it
happen? Is there anything we can do to improve it? Being critical is
the first step towards progress. (Of course these questions should be
asked in a constructive rather than whining way.) Why would anyone
optimize code for time --- a second of electricity and labour cost
less than a cent...